Course Number: PS 402
Course Title: Systems of Psychotherapy
Instructor: Diane H. Bryan, PhD AbD.
Contact Information 915-585-3884 Home
Term Dates: 6 months
Meeting Time: Independent Study
1. Course Description:
Explores the major schools of psychotherapy; The course includes an extensive use of actual case studies. Prerequisite: PS 101
2. Goals of The Course
This course will introduce the student to the major approaches to psychotherapy, the concepts, goals, and techniques of each approach, and the ethical and professional issues faced by therapists and counselors.
3. Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to summarize the nine major theoretical approaches to psychotherapy and define all related terms, evaluate the effectiveness of each, and apply their procedures to case studies.
4. Course Arrangement:
Read chapters in text and complete exercises in student manual. Write answers to questions and case studies given by instructor and submit during following class session. Complete midterm exam, final exam, case study paper and interview with a psychotherapist.
5. Course Requirements:
Student will write a 5-8 page paper, APA style, consisting of a treatment plan for one of the case studies on pps. 206-208. In the paper, the student will apply three theoretical approaches presented in this course. The student will use two outside references for each of the three theoretical approaches. This paper must be submitted on the date due. If it is submitted late, one letter grade will be subtracted for each week that it is late.
Student will conduct a taped interview with a practicing psychotherapist. Student will write a three to four page paper describing and evaluating this interview (not a verbatim accounting of the interview). The interview questions are to include what types of therapies the therapist uses, the most common issues clients= present, and how the counselor spends a typical day. This paper must be submitted on the date due. If it is submitted late, one letter grade will be subtracted for each week that it is late.
6. Textbook List:
Corey, Gerald (2001). Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (6th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Corey, Gerald (2001). Student Manual for Therapy and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (6th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole
6. Supplemental Resource Materials List:
Local practicing psychotherapists
7. Class Meeting and Examinations Schedule:
1st month Chapters 1-3
Assignments from work book: Pretest pps. 5-10, test pps. 11-14, self exam pps. 21-23 and 26-30 (email discussion with professor about some of your answers).
Submit in writing: questions 1-3 p. 15, and one of the case studies on pps. 30-31.
2nd month Chapters 4-7
Assignments from work book: Read case study about Ruth, pps 464-49, 65, 79, and 86 (email discussion with professor about some of your thoughts on these readings).
Submit in writing: question 1-3 p. 48, and 1 and 4 p 56.
3rd month Mid Term Exam (Chapters 1-7
Discussion plans and preparation for taped interview
4th month Chapters 8-11
Assignments from work book: Read case study about Ruth, pps. 100-101, and 132-133 (email discussion with professor about some of your thoughts about this case).
Submit in writing: question 3-5 p. 101, 4-5 p 113, 3 p. 127 and 3 p. 131.
5th month Chapters 12-15
Assignments from work book: Read case study about Ruth
Be prepared to thoroughly discuss pps.180-183 (email graded discussion)
Completion of Written Case Study
6th month Tape and paper on Interview with Psychotherapist
Final exam (Chapters 9-15)
8. Class Policies:
All course work must be completed on time and discussions are to be stated clearly and
reflect text readings and manual assignments. Exams must be taken on the day specified by the professor. All written material must be submitted in APA style.
Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, the university will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the university.
Plagiarism - the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one=s original work - sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about paper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.
9. Grading Policy:
Midterm exam 20%
Final exam 20%
Case study paper 20%
Written assignments 10%